All campuses except ACC at St. Francis:
The ACC Vocational Nursing curriculum is divided into four modules* approximately 13 weeks in length (20 weeks for evening/weekend). Each module is comprised of prescribed courses of study that build upon each other.
You will begin your training with an introduction to the role of the student nurse in the Vocational Nursing (VN) Program and the Nursing Profession. You will then progress sequentially until all modules have been successfully completed:
- Introduction to Client-Centered Care Module – Course material will introduce you to the concepts of nursing care of the surgical client, pre- and post-operatively. An introduction to Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition and Pharmacological consideration will provide you with the necessary foundation of knowledge that is needed for progression in the program.
- Care of the Client with Health Care Deviations I – This course sequence emphasizes the nursing intervention and the psychosocial aspects for the care of the client with an integumentary disorder. Selected clinical experiences will allow you to practice appropriate nursing skills. In this module, you will also study the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems.
- Care of the Client with Health Care Deviations II – Coursework in this sequence will emphasize the nursing interventions and psychosocial aspects for the care of the client with a gastrointestinal, urinary, immunology/oncology and reproductive disorders. Selected clinical experiences will allow you to practice appropriate nursing skills.
- Advanced Client-Centered Care – Course material in this module covers such areas as obstetrics, pediatrics, the neurosensory system and mental health/rehabilitation specialties. Selected clinical experiences will allow you to practice relevant nursing skills.
- Nursing License Preparation – This review builds on previous learning in nursing theory, psycho-social sciences, basic statistics, nursing research and experiential learning as well as integrating the appropriate concepts of leadership, communication, research, the nursing process and critical thinking. The course is designed to recap and reflect on the program and prepare you to take and pass the Exit HESI examination, which is a graduation requirement for the Vocational Nursing program.
ACC at St. Francis campus:
The Vocational Nursing diploma program provides students with a conceptual framework of knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experience and its integration into the provision of nursing care within the scope of the Vocational Nursing Practice Act. The course of study is designed to utilize a curriculum that progresses from simple to complex concepts in theory and clinical skills.
The Vocational Nurse* academic instructional length has four (4) semesters of 16 or more weeks totaling approximately sixteen (16) months. Total Curriculum Clock Hours: 1593 hours
*Instructional length stated above does not include semester breaks and other holidays or days off observed by St. Francis Career College nor does it include NCLEX review, ATI proctored exams, focus reviews, comprehensive exam required for graduation.